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Thousands back campaign to restrict fireworks
2nd November 2018

By Karen Pickwick

As a quarter of a million people have added their voices to a campaign to restrict private firework use, the RSPCA is repeating its call for the Government to act.

As pet-owners prepare to keep their animals safe and calm during tomorrow’s Bonfire Night celebrations, more than 3,800 people have also responded to the charity’s call to contact the UK Government to change firework regulations

The charity, which receives hundreds of calls each year about animals distressed by fireworks, wants to restrict private displays on all but four days of the year. A petition set up by Julie Doorne, from the FAB Firework Abatement Campaign, has already generated more than 250,000 signatures in less than three weeks.

A new video released today from the RSPCA reveals the stress animals can suffer as a result of unplanned displays.

DEBATE

In 2011 the RSPCA received 255 calls regarding animals and fireworks, which has steadily risen to a peak of 533 in 2017. In the last five years the charity has received 2,300 calls about fireworks. 

It is now hoped that a Westminster Hall debate will be arranged to discuss the regulation of fireworks.

RSPCA campaign manager Eloise Shavelar said: “Clearly there is widespread public concern about this issue as can be shown by huge number of people signing petitions year on year calling for change…

“We want to see the UK Government listening to people and strengthening the existing acts and restricting the use of fireworks to traditional days of the year like bonfire night.”

The RSPCA wants to see the private use of fireworks restricted to certain days – November 5, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

PAIN

The charity would also like to see the maximum permitted noise level of fireworks for public sale reduced from 120 decibels – above the human pain threshold for noise – to 97 decibels.

In January 2018, the UK Government set up the Office for Product Safety and Standards following two Parliamentary debates about the negative impact of fireworks. 

Julie Doorne, who started the change.org petition, said: “This is the third petition we have started, which has far exceeded our expectations, really showing people’s strength of feeling on this issue.”

An RSPCA survey from February this year shows that 38% of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks.